February roundup: Conservation and nature stories that caught our eye this month

Madagascar pochard (Photo by Frank Vassen, Wikimedia Commons)

Madagascar pochard (Photo by Frank Vassen, Wikimedia Commons)

February 29, 2020 | by Ian Gibb

Every day, countless inspiring and informative stories are published about conservation successes or discoveries in nature and wildlife around the world. Here are some that caught our attention in February 2020.

Down but not out

Madagascar pochard were considered extinct in the 1990s. They have now successfully bred in the wild, with 12 ducklings born last November in northern Madagascar.

Duck into the story here >

Conservation goes digital

Story maps are an exciting, new interactive tool used to promote conservation.

Zoom in to the story here >

Spotted: otters

Northern river otters have appeared for the first time in decades near Medicine Hat, Alberta.

Float over to the story here >

Prime real estate

The Leslie Street Spit, an urban wilderness area just minutes from downtown Toronto, provides habitat for a wide range of species.

Take a short trip to the story here >

Reclusive cats

A worker in northern Manitoba records a video of a rare sighting: a family of lynx in the wild.

Follow the "links" here >

Iconic Iona

Iona National Park, a 15,000-square kilometre wilderness area in Angola, will now be managed in cooperation with the conservation organization Africa Parks.

Park yourself here >

Young conservation achiever

Mya-Rose Craig, aged 17, was awarded an honorary doctorate from Bristol University for her role in making conservation more inclusive. She has become the youngest person in the U.K. to receive the honour.

Read the impressive story here >

Long-distance travellers

Spoon-billed sandpipers make an 8,000-kilometre annual migration journey, which now includes a new protected wetland area in Thailand.

Make the trek to the story here >

The sound of one seal clapping

Researchers have filmed a grey seal using its front flippers to clap underwater, the first time this behaviour has been documented in the wild. Clapping may be used to warn away competitors or attract mates.

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Expanding conservation on Prince Edward Island

The Nature Conservancy of Canada announced its expansion of Abram Village nature reserve in Prince Edward Island by 10 hectares (24 acres).

Read the story here >

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Ian Gibb is the communications assistant at the Nature Conservancy of Canada.

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